Health & Medicine Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >

MENTAL by Jaime Lowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A moving exploration of mental health and the efficacy of available treatment."
Lowe (Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of ODB, 2008) deconstructs her decadeslong battle with bipolar disorder and the drug that brought her sanity—at the cost of her physical health. Read full book review >
ADMISSIONS by Henry Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Another thoughtful, painful, utterly fascinating mixture of nut-and-bolts brain surgery with a compassionate, workaholic surgeon's view of medicine around the world and his own limitations. Readers will hope that a third volume is in the works."
A retired British neurosurgeon delivers the follow-up to his well-received debut memoir, Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery (2015). Read full book review >
GORILLA AND THE BIRD by Zack  McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"If the Joads were tanked up on Bud Light and Haldol and Steinbeck were under Hunter S. Thompson's influence, this might be the result—rueful, funny, and utterly authentic."
"I am a bipolar gorilla": a tale of madness, self-destruction, and the stalwart presence of a family that, while not exactly the Waltons, is always there. Read full book review >

SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A motivational and elucidating appeal for health system reform and a return to patient-centered medical care."
An overview of the complications plaguing an increasingly "by-the-numbers" American health care system provides some possible solutions. Read full book review >
MAYHEM by Sigrid Rausing
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A stylish and devastatingly lucid memoir."
The piercing, fragmented story of how the author watched the horrific toll drug addiction took on her brother and his wife. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A CORONER by John  Bateson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fascinating and wildly informative dive into the mysterious world of death and decay."
Grisly true-life cases from the longtime career of a veteran coroner. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE HIGH BLUE AIR by Lu  Spinney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"An engrossing and wrenching memoir."
A family's tragedy is revealed in agonizing detail. Read full book review >
THE KELLOGGS by Howard Markel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A superb warts-and-all account of two men whose lives help illuminate the rise of health promotion and the modern food industry."
A dual biography of the highly successful Kellogg brothers, who "fought, litigated, and plotted against one another with a passion more akin to grand opera than the kinship of brothers." Read full book review >
SAFE DRIVING 4 SENIORS by Dale McCormack
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Authoritative and nonjudgmental; filled with useful tips and information targeted to seniors that should reinforce or rekindle their enthusiasm for safe, attentive driving."
A driving educator and instructor offers refresher tips for seniors in this debut manual. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >